Blogging can be a great creative outlet as well as a good way to socialize on the internet, but did you know it can also be a money-making prospect?
While some people blog for enjoyment, others use their blogs as a source of income. Find out how you can use your blog to start bringing in some extra cash.
Create Your Blog
The first step will be to create your blog. There are many blogging websites and you can even add a blog to a personal or business web site. However, WordPress is a recommended platform.
You can use WordPress to build a web site or start a blog where you can network with other bloggers.
Once you have built your blog, you will need to think of the kind of content you want to produce. Some bloggers write for enjoyment, but if you want to create a money-making blog, you will need to think of a topic that will draw readers in.
Think of topics that will provide useful information that will keep them engaged and coming back for more.
Market Your Blog
Now that you have an engaging topic with some content written, you will need to bring in readership. To do this, start by thinking of your target audience, that is, who is most likely to read your blog.
Then think of where you might find them. Think of what social media sites and forums they may be on, what podcasts they are listening to and what other blogs they are reading. Think of posts you can create and places you can hang out to get your blog noticed by interested readers.
Once readers start visiting your blog, keep them engaged by responding to their comments and starting conversations.
Make Money with Your Blog
Now that your blog is established and starting to pick up steam, you can focus on using it to make money. Here are some methods you can use to bring in income:
Advertising Income: As your blog becomes more popular, you will be able to find advertisers willing to pay to get exposure to your audience. It will take a while before you get to a point where you can do a direct deal with advertisers, but ad networks like Google AdSense will work as a good starting point for getting advertisers in.
Affiliate Income: Affiliate income is when you link to a product that’s for sale on another site (like Amazon). If someone follows the link and ends up buying the product, you can earn a commission on the sale.
Event Income: Popular bloggers can also make money by hosting their own events. You can host larger conferences or smaller meetups and earn money off ticket sales or by finding a sponsor for the event.
Recurring Income: A blogger can earn recurring income by setting up a membership program where readers can pay a set amount on a regular basis for access to premium content, a community area, or some type of service, tools, coaching or a combination of these things.
Promoting a Business or Service: Blogging is a great way to promote a business the blogger is involved in or a service the blogger offers their readers. The blog will help boost the income the blogger makes off those products and services.
Products: Bloggers can also make money by selling products on their blogs. EBooks and other virtual products can be a great source of income, but they can also sell t-shirts, jewelry and more.
Indirect Income: These are all great ways to make income directly off your blog, but your blog can also help you to make money indirectly. After a while your blogging may help you establish yourself as an expert in your field and you may start making money off of speaking events, public appearances and more.
Blogging can be a great way to make extra income by promoting your products and services, helping others sell their goods and it can establish you in your professional field. Best of all, you can do it from the comfort of your home.
How will you be using blogging to boost your income? Comment below…